Spaghetti with Tomato-Basil Sauce (My way!)

Spaghetti with tomato-basil sauce.
Spaghetti with tomato-basil sauce.

I’ve always wanted to make this dish. The pasta sitting prettily on a white plate and the yummy, wholesome sauce pored on top……YUM!

Usually it’s spaghetti with meatballs but I made a vegetarian version so that everyone in my house could eat it. Just thinking about it is making my mouth water…… I think I should get on with the recipe and stop day dreaming! 😛

You can make a number of things with spaghetti, but I mad some Italian roast vegetables.

This recipe serves 6.

So first cook the pasta.

You will need:

250g spaghetti

2 litres water

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

To cook the spaghetti, boil the water and add the salt, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 250g of spaghetti. First, it will look like the picture below, but you have to push them down and submerge them under water once it is a bit soft.

The spaghetti's cooking!
The spaghetti’s cooking!

Cook till al-dente (Test with teeth {chew}). Drain and leave to cool.

Cooked spaghetti
Cooked spaghetti

While the pasta is cooling, you can prepare the sauce:

750g tomatoes, boiled and finely chopped

1 medium onion, finely chopped

4 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic

1 1/2 heaped teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 handful roughly chopped fresh  basil (You can adjust to suit your taste)

salt to taste

In a bit of extra virgin olive oil, sauté the garlic and onions till slightly brown. Add the tomatoes, pepper and salt to taste. Reduce till a bit thick (Not too much). Add the basil. Leave to cool. When cool, blend lightly in a liquidiser till a bit smooth and a bit chunky.

Now, To finally prepare the spaghetti:

Cooked spaghetti (prepared earlier)

2 teaspoon chopped garlic

2 teaspoon chilli flakes

1 tablespoon extra virgin  olive oil

Salt to taste

Heat olive oil in a pan and add the garlic and chilli flakes. Sauté till the garlic is slightly brown. Add the cooked spaghetti and salt and toss till all strands are covered with the chilli flakes. Toss till hot. Remove from heat and drizzle another tablespoon of olive oil on top.

In a bowl, first put some spaghetti and then pour the prepared sauce on top (you may re-heat the sauce if cold). Your spaghetti is now ready!

Another way to serve is to toss the spaghetti with the sauce in a warmed saucepan and serve with a drizzling of olive oil.

I served this dish with some Roast veggies I made.

My spaghetti and roast veggies meal.
My spaghetti and roast veggies meal.
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